And although he doesn't care at all for golf, my little furry sweetheart cannot resist a quilt, and it wasn't long before I saw this little face pop up ..... Whatcha doin' Mom?
Can I help?
I think you might have a problem .... right .... here .....
At this rate, you'll never get done Mom!!!
C'mon! Let me show you how it's done!
Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl has challenged her readers to take a Mid-Year Review of their goals for 2016 and see how they are doing now that the year is half over.
I didn't have time to do a formal review, but I do know that my main goal for this year is to finish my Blue Collection quilt. To that end, I have been diligently working the hand applique on this project at every opportunity since the first of the year.
I'm happy to say that the 3D braided tree is now completely appliqued down! There are still a few small branches at the top that will need to be stitched down after the top row is attached, and of course, hundreds of leaves, but I am so pleased with my progress on this project!
I also have several quilts that are on my list for family members. Our smallest granddaughter still does not have her baby quilt! She's 1-1/2 now, so it's definitely time :*) Other than choosing the pattern and purchasing the fabrics, this project is not yet started. And I have a brother who hopefully will receive a quilt from me this year as well, but choosing the pattern is as far as I've gotten. Another goal has been to complete each month's UFO on my Guild Challenge list - except for last month, I've been faithful to get those done - Yay!!! I am determined to finish last month's Blooming Nine Patch before the year is out.
One special goal for this year is to make a special quilt for a special someone that I can't share for a while.....
As you can see from my design wall here, I've got a great start on it, and if all goes well, I should have it done by the end of this week. I had a ball digging through my white, gray and black scraps to make this background.
I cut the pieces I could get from them, then of course I saved the little left-over crumbs for a later project. By the end of the day, I had quite a nice little pile of adorable crumbs :*)
And yes, I had lots of help with this project too!
I'll show and tell on this project as soon as I possibly can,
but I don't want this someone to see it before it is gifted!
I'm looking forward to a fairly quiet week, which is nice because the past month has been pretty hectic. I have a sit-n-sew with friends tomorrow - one of my favorite highlights of every week! I'm teaching a class one day and still have some prep work to do to get that ready. The rest of the week I will be immersing myself in those things that make myself and my loved ones happy. And I hope you will be doing the same! What will you be doing this week that makes you or someone you love happy?
Isn't it wonderful to have a passion in life that allows us to put the chaos of our world on a back burner somewhere, while we enter our peaceful zone with needle and thread? While the world is seemingly going to hell in a handbasket all around us (one of my grandmother's favorite expressions), I am thankful to be able to take up my needle and choose to create something beautiful and lasting and filled with LOVE to counterbalance the hate spilling out on our streets. And while I stitch, I pray. For our country, for all countries, for all people, for our world. When fear for the future, for the world our children and grandchildren are inheriting tries to overtake my mind, I turn to Psalm 23 - The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.... and before long my broken heart finds rest in His peace.
Hugs & Blessings!
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